The UG Centre for Sustainable Development is a partner of the Pomeranian Voivodeship in the project ‘REGIONS2030: Monitoring the SDGs in EU regions – filling the data gaps’. On 29 November 2022, the opening meeting of the project was held at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels. The Pomeranian Voivodeship is one of ten regions that have been selected to implement its pilot edition.
Fot. European Union / Laurie Dieffembacq
Sustainable development lie at the heart of the European Commission’s policy-making, geared towards effective action to reduce social, economic and territorial disparities across the European Union. In its latest report on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the European Parliament called on the Commission to engage with countries and regions to define a set of indicators for regions. This is the first joint pan-European project involving regions in a joint effort to develop a monitoring system for the SDGs at regional level.
The project ‘REGIONS2030: Monitoring the SDGs in EU regions – filling the data gaps’ is to provide a framework for regional authorities to monitor the SDGs in their territory, and to support and enhance regional statistical capacities in the collection of data, the monitoring, and the evaluation process.
Regions that will participate in the REGIONS2030 project include: Pomorskie, Βόρειο Αιγαίο (North Aegean), Δυτική Μακεδονία (Western Macedonia), Comunidad Foral de Navarra, Andalucía, Piemonte, Puglia, Centro (PT), Nord-Vest, and Manisa, Afyonkarahisar, Kütahya, Uşak.
The meeting at the European Committee of the Regions in Brussels on 29 November 2022 was attended on behalf of the Pomeranian Voivodeship by: Anna Drążek, Director of the Regional Office of the Pomorskie Voivodeship in Brussels, Krzysztof Szczepaniak, PhD, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Development at the University of Gdansk, and Julia Kuźma from the Office of the Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship.
The planned completion date for the project is December 2023. By then, the project is expected to deliver the four expected outcomes:
- To have defined and tested a harmonised set of indicators for EU regions to monitor the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- To have increased the knowledge and capacities of EU regions on monitoring and reporting of the SDGs
- To have engaged EU regions in a participative process of localising the SDGs
- To have improved the regional data and knowledge base in support of the EU’s regional and urban policy
The expert selected by the Office of the Marshal of the Pomeranian Voivodeship to carry out the project is Sylwia Mrozowska, PhD, DSc, Prof of the UG, Vice-Rector for Cooperation and Development at the University of Gdansk.
For more information, visit the European Commission website:
Sustainable Development Goals: EU regions’ engagement and filling the data gap (europa.eu)